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Sound - The Fullness of Nature, Part 2

Sound is everywhere. It tells us where we are, what time of year it is, and what is around us. Can you imagine an early morning walk without the sounds of nature filling out the picture? Scientists use sounds to help us understand populations, behavior and even ecosystem health. Everyone, regardless of our physical challenges can help to contribute to the conservation of our shared world.

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Jocassee - The Jewel of the Escarpment

One of the last best places on earth - that's the designation given to this glistening, crystal clear lake and surrounding area by National Geographic. Jocassee is a place that is both well-known and still somewhat unexplored. Waterfalls, gorges, rare plants and animals as well as stunning scenery make this lake one of the most stunning places in the United States. Join Patrick as he explores this region, where he uncovers species that were first discovered for the eastern United States during the filming of this program.

  • 2020-05-26T11:30:00-07:00

Gardening for Life - Transforming Your Landscape for Life

Gardens are much more than a pretty place. They can be an oasis of life in all forms, preserving the nature that brings us so much value and an oasis for us spiritually. Join Patrick as he explores how your landscape can be transformed into a crucible of life. Patrick's changes at the South Carolina Botanical Garden have made a dramatic impact on the life there, where more than 200 bird species, 18 species of frogs and toads and thousands of species of insects now find a refuge.

  • 2020-05-27T11:30:00-07:00

Mountain Bogs - Threatened Heritage

One of the most threatened ecosystems in the United States is the Southern Appalachian Mountain Bogs. These small wetlands support many unique and threatened species. The survival of these rare creatures relies on our management and understanding of these systems which are still very poorly understood. Join Patrick as he explores our mountain bogs in a race to understand this ecosystem on the edge.

  • 2020-05-28T11:30:00-07:00

Rediscovering Catesby's Carolina, Part 1

We cannot understand the present without a clear understanding of the past. Mark Catesby journeyed to the Carolinas in 1722. The descriptions included in his book, the Natural History of Carolina, Georgia and the Bahama Islands seems outlandish considering the natural communities surrounding us today. Imagine a Carolina where bison, elk and wolves roam vast grasslands, where fire, set by humans shape the land and where Native Americans are still the dominant force managing the landscape.

  • 2020-05-29T11:30:00-07:00

California, An Ecological Island

California is by far our most diverse state. It's a hotbed for diversity and relicts from the past. How do you generate such diversity, how has it been maintained and what can we learn from California's geologic history? Join Patrick for a look at the coasts, scrublands, deserts and mountains of San Diego County.

  • 2020-06-04T11:30:00-07:00

California - Hope, Survival and Resilience

Condors, Elephant Seals, Sea Otters and Elk - mankind always seems to step in at the very last minute to save a species, to make a change. Join Patrick as he explores some of the most compelling stories of survival on the California coast.

  • 2020-06-05T11:30:00-07:00

Beringia, The Eternal Frontier

Moose, Grizzly Bears, and Bison are typical American animals, but their roots are in Asia. The wildlife of our continent was largely shaped by the land bridge of Beringia. Join Patrick for an unforgettable look at the remnants of Beringian Alaska - an eternal frontier.

  • 2020-06-08T11:30:00-07:00

Reshaping The Arctic

Like it or not, change has come to the Arctic. Join Patrick as he explores the connections the Arctic has to your backyard and the impact that the dramatic changes happening today might have on our lives.

  • 2020-06-09T11:30:00-07:00

The Rice Kingdom

It was rice that built wealth in South Carolina - vast project of converting swamps to fields that was abandoned in the early 20th century. These fields have reverted to one of the most spectacular natural treasures in the South - havens for wildlife and wildflowers. Sometimes man's alterations can have positive consequences.

  • 2020-06-10T11:30:00-07:00

Arizona's Sky Islands

When you think of southern Arizona you probably don't think about prairies, moist Sycamore and maple forests, or lush oak and pine forests, but they are a huge part of southern Arizona. Join Patrick as he explores the unexpected and unusual diversity found in Arizona's sky islands.

  • 2020-06-11T11:30:00-07:00

Arizona, A Border Or Barrier?

Much of the diversity of southern Arizona is more Mexican than American. Political borders are changing biological movements and frontiers. Join Patrick as he explores the Mexican connection of American wildlife and challenges they face due to the border fence.

  • 2020-06-12T11:30:00-07:00

Blue Ridge, The Heart of the Eastern Forest

The Southern Blue Ridge escarpment is often overlooked for the loftier peaks of the Appalachian spine but they are the diverse and resilient center of the eastern Deciduous forest. Join Patrick for an unforgettable journey through the "Blue Wall" of South Carolina.

  • 2020-06-15T11:30:00-07:00

Blue Ridge, A Crucible of Life

The Southern Blue Ridge escarpment has served as a refuge for life during changing climates in the past and can serve as a resilient landscape in the face of changes happening today. Join Patrick for a journey through the gorges that serve as a crucible of life during change.

  • 2020-06-16T11:30:00-07:00

The Great Plains, An Ever-Changing Tapestry

Nebraska may not be your first choice for a summer vacation, but if you love wildlife you might want to reconsider. This is the heart of the Great Plains, the heartland of the continent that is tied to every corner and every life. Join Patrick on an unforgettable voyage of discovery through this immense sea of grass as he explores the ever-changing tapestry of the Great Plains.

  • 2020-06-17T11:30:00-07:00

Ghosts of the Plains

McMillan journeys into the prairie with researchers trying to change the fate of prairie dogs, black-footed ferrets, kit foxes and others on the verge of extinction. Are we doomed to repeat the mistakes of the 19th century?

  • 2020-06-18T11:30:00-07:00

Grassy Balds, The Heart of Roan

In this episode, McMillan explores one of nature's greatest riddles: Roan Mountain's grassy balds, vast treeless grasslands home to several rare and endangered species.

  • 2020-06-19T11:30:00-07:00

The Rite of Spring

Every spring, thousands of species participate in rituals with a single goal in mind: breeding. Birds migrate huge distances from wintering grounds. Frogs, each with their own unique voice, call from wetlands. Deer and elk battle with antlers as weapons. McMillan and guests explore the amazing, and often bizarre rituals, of many creatures across the continent and right outside your back door.

  • 2020-06-22T11:30:00-07:00

Belize - The Mayan Forest

There are very few places that we think of as more inhospitable than a hot humid tropical forest, but they are incredibly intriguing, especially this one. This forest is not only diverse but you can see animals such as Ocellated Turkeys, Spider Monkeys, Yucatan Black Howlers and a diversity of tropical birds much easier than you can in much of the remaining forest in Central America and this forest has a history unlike any other. Join Patrick as he explores the Mayan Forest.

  • 2020-06-23T11:30:00-07:00

Belize, A Land of Resilience

Belize is the smallest country in Central America both in size and population. Nearly 75% of the forests here still stand. But this place has been impacted by man for thousands of years and despite that it still harbors incredible diversity. 1200 years ago there may have been over 3 million people in Belize, today there are only slightly over 300,000. The wildlife managed to survive and many of the species have a seldom noticed connection to man. Even species we enjoy here like neotropical migrant songbirds depend on what happens in Belize.

  • 2020-06-24T11:30:00-07:00

Cape Romain - Threatened By Change

This is a very special bit of land, it is a destination for millions... of visiting animals! Dolphins, sea turtles, Seabirds, shorebirds, even Piping Plovers, Curlew and Red Knots use this place. Most stay for part of the year and then move on to other lands but without this place of refuge they may not survive. This is a place where humans are only visitors too. Join Patrick as he explores Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge a safe Harbor for visitors and a land that, despite being protected, is increasingly threatened by change.

  • 2020-06-25T11:30:00-07:00

The Quest for the Ivory-Bill

The Ivorybill Woodpecker is a legend in the Southern swamps, but for years it was thought to be only that, a legend. Recently a small glimmer of hope has emerged to suggest that the largest woodpecker in North America might still haunt the floodplain forests of the South. Join Patrick as he explores the wild bottomland forests in a quest to find evidence of the "Lord God Bird," the Ivorybill.

  • 2020-06-26T11:30:00-07:00